Reading 1 2 Cor 8:1-9
We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of Godthat has been given to the churches of Macedonia,for in a severe test of affliction,the abundance of their joy and their profound povertyoverflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.For according to their means, I can testify,and beyond their means, spontaneously,they begged us insistently for the favor of taking partin the service to the holy ones,and this, not as we expected,but they gave themselves first to the Lordand to us through the will of God,so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun,he should also complete for you this gracious act also.Now as you excel in every respect,in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness,and in the love we have for you,may you excel in this gracious act also.I say this not by way of command,but to test the genuineness of your loveby your concern for others.For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,that for your sake he became poor although he was rich,so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:2, 5-6ab, 6c- 7, 8-9a
R.(1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!or:R. Alleluia.Praise the LORD, my soul!I will praise the LORD all my life;I will sing praise to my God while I live.R. Praise the Lord, my soul!or:R. Alleluia.Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the LORD, his God,Who made heaven and earth,the sea and all that is in them.R. Praise the Lord, my soul!or:R. Alleluia.Who keeps faith forever,secures justice for the oppressed,gives food to the hungry.The LORD sets captives free. R. Praise the Lord, my soul!or:R. Alleluia.The LORD gives sight to the blind.The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;the LORD loves the just.The LORD protects strangers. R. Praise the Lord, my soul!or:R. Alleluia.
Alleluia Jn 13:34
R. Alleluia, alleluia.I give you a new commandment:love one another as I have loved you.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 5:43-48
Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said,You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I say to you, love your enemiesand pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your heavenly Father,for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?Do not the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet your brothers only,what is unusual about that?Do not the pagans do the same?So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Posted: June 18, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 2 Cor 6:1-10
Brothers and sisters:As your fellow workers, we appeal to younot to receive the grace of God in vain.For he says:In an acceptable time I heard you,and on the day of salvation I helped you.Behold, now is a very acceptable time;behold, now is the day of salvation.We cause no one to stumble in anything,in order that no fault may be found with our ministry;on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselvesas ministers of God, through much endurance,in afflictions, hardships, constraints,beatings, imprisonments, riots,labors, vigils, fasts;by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness,in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,in the power of God;with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left;through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful;as unrecognized and yet acknowledged;as dying and behold we live;as chastised and yet not put to death;as sorrowful yet always rejoicing;as poor yet enriching many;as having nothing and yet possessing all things.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4
R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.Sing to the LORD a new song,for he has done wondrous deeds;His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm.R. The Lord has made known his salvation.In the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulnesstoward the house of Israel. R. The Lord has made known his salvation.All the ends of the earth have seenthe salvation by our God.Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;break into song; sing praise.R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
Alleluia Ps 119:105
R. Alleluia, alleluia.A lamp to my feet is your word,a light to my path.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 5:38-42
Jesus said to his disciples:"You have heard that it was said,An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.When someone strikes you on your right cheek,turn the other one to him as well.If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,hand him your cloak as well.Should anyone press you into service for one mile,go with him for two miles.Give to the one who asks of you,and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow."
Posted: June 17, 2019, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Prv 8:22-31
Thus says the wisdom of God:"The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;from of old I was poured forth,at the first, before the earth.When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no fountains or springs of water;before the mountains were settled into place,before the hills, I was brought forth;while as yet the earth and fields were not made,nor the first clods of the world."When the Lord established the heavens I was there,when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;when he made firm the skies above,when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;when he set for the sea its limit,so that the waters should not transgress his command;then was I beside him as his craftsman,and I was his delight day by day,playing before him all the while,playing on the surface of his earth;and I found delight in the human race."
Responsorial Psalm Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. (2a) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars which you set in place —What is man that you should be mindful of him,or the son of man that you should care for him?R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!You have made him little less than the angels,and crowned him with glory and honor.You have given him rule over the works of your hands,putting all things under his feet:R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!All sheep and oxen,yes, and the beasts of the field,The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,and whatever swims the paths of the seas.R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
Reading 2 Rom 5:1-5
Brothers and sisters:Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faithto this grace in which we stand,and we boast in hope of the glory of God.Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,knowing that affliction produces endurance,and endurance, proven character,and proven character, hope,and hope does not disappoint,because the love of God has been poured out into our heartsthrough the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Alleluia CF. Rv 1:8R. Alleluia, alleluia.Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;to God who is, who was, and who is to come.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples:"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,he will guide you to all truth.He will not speak on his own,but he will speak what he hears,and will declare to you the things that are coming.He will glorify me,because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.Everything that the Father has is mine;for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mineand declare it to you."
Posted: June 16, 2019, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB